All reader reviews by greg parsnip

Thai Metro

Agreed, too cramped. Four people shared a table more suited to two, which was stuffed into a corner, but service was amicable and quite fast too, although at the time we were the first guests of the evening. Setting was dimed and cosy and conducive to conversation, particularly when more diners came in and the place became quite abuzz. Not the place to go if you just want to chillax cos it's more like eat and leave for somewhere less hot and stuffy.

Food itself was quite tasty. I opted for the green curry surprise surprise, and it contained plenty of fresh, delicious galangal (that how you spell it?) but not very much chicken. The sweet-tasting oconut rice, which I shared with a friend, complemented the heat of the curry well. Curry portion was average and would not have filled a hungry man. I however was not feeling very hungry at all that evening anyway; had I been, there would not have been enough curry for my liking.

Saturday, February 03, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 6

Imli Street

Do not be tempted by the price. The scanty offerings here are simply not worth what you pay for. I did not leave feeling particularly satisfied in terms of being full in addition to the food quality. "Fusion" here equates to "watered-down"; "tapas style" to "miniature portions" and "light and refreshing" to "insubstantial and unsatisfying fare".

Pleasant, light and airy setting which is both sophisticated and modern, but hence lacks any sort of intimacy. It's a safe option to go for if you're forced to undergo one of those bland lunch occassions with small talk.

Saturday, February 03, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1


Excellent for a quick, filling bite, especially if you get the meal with the chips and drink. Chips are hot and crispy and you can help yourself to the variety of sauces (sesame, yoghurt, garlic mayo, ketchup).

I would recommend the small maoz which is half a pitta, since the large one can't fit much more salad inside it anyway. Choice of salad never seems to change and there is little freshness about it either - some pickled aubergine, cauliflower, couscous, carrots - but you can pack in as much as you want into the pitta and it's definitely healthier than eating refined carbs or saturated fats. Also, the condition of the food is good; when I say not fresh, I mean not freshly prepared, but it is by no means an old, mangled, discoloured offering.

Staff are friendly and will encourage you to taste some falafel if you've never had it before and would like a try. The falafel itself is hot, crispy and delicious - nuttier, textured and so much more satisfying to eat than (surprisingly) some of the falafel I've had along Edgeware Rd, which has been floury, airy and totally insubstantial.

This is a very good fast food option but can get pretty busy.

Saturday, February 03, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 9

Italian Kitchen

In spite of the Italian staff, the food here is most definitely not top quality, authentic Italian fare. The toptable 2 for 1 deal made the experience very very good value as portions were not scanty and food was not horrible. But it could only be said to be average. A good place to go if you're hungry and don't fancy McDonalds, and if you're after a cosy setting. Might be a little too dim for some people.

I ordered the fried mozarella starter which was quite nice. At £2 a piece, rather pricey, especially given that one of the pieces happened to be extra small. I had a sneaking suspicion that the tomato sauce it was served with was nothing other than Heinz cream of tomato!!!!! Oh well eh.

The spinach and ricotta crespelle (is that what it's called?) was supposed to comprise pancakes al forno but instead appeared to be soggy lasagne sheets - definitely not familiar with the concept of al dente!

Staff were friendly but service did take a little too long. Perhaps because the al forno dish needed time for baking. The starter did arrive promptly after all.

All in all, not a bad feed. I'd have to sample more of the menu to be able to give a more objective review though.

Saturday, February 03, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

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